Happy Birthday Phoebe Cates!

The very lovely and talented former actress Phoebe Cates celebrated her birthday on July 16, so this is a tad late, but as they say better late than never! The picture above is just a quick sketch I did of Ms Cates as Kate Beringer, from the film Gremlins (and its sequel). Kate is one of my favourite heroines of all time.😊

Happy Birthday Maureen Flannigan!

Today is December 30, the birthday of one of my biggest childhood crushes, Maureen Flannigan. And so, as I’ve done for several years now, I’ve drawn a picture of Ms Flannigan as Evie Garland from the 80s sitcom Out of this World. Like last year’s drawing, I imagined Out of this World as a Japanese Comic and I used the very first episode, where Evie learns the truth about her Dad, for inspiration. I simply adore Ms Flannigan’s hairstyles in this episode, especially this one. But I really do wonder… How many more years will it be before these drawings actually start looking like Evie?😅 Anyway, due to the fact that today, in my part of the world, it will be ridiculously hot (43°C!), this will most definitely be my final post for 2019. So until 2020, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Svetlana Zasypkina!

Today is the 49th birthday of Svetlana Zasypkina (Светлана Засыпкина), a Russian gymnast-turned-actress, although she has not being active in neither sports nor acting since her teenage years.

I think it’s pretty safe to say Svetlana is virtually unknown outside of Russia, but she seems to be reasonably well known in her homeland, even to this day. According to a brief Russian biography I found online, she was born on December 3, 1970. She trained as a gymnast from a young age, but was forced to give up the sport after an injury. In 1988, she starred in the Soviet film Kukolka (Куколка), her one and only film role, in which she played Tanya Serebryakova (Татьяна Серебрякова), a gymnast whose career is also cruelly cut short by injury. The following year she married, and at her husband’s request she gave up acting.

The picture I drew to commemorate Svetlana’s birthday is of her as Tanya, in a manga-like style, wearing her trademark red “PERESTROIKA USSR” top. If you are interested in finding out more about Tanya and the film Kukolka, click HERE to have a look at the post I wrote earlier this year on Tanya. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Ami Shinjo!

I nearly completely forgot, but today, November 7, is the birthday of Ami Shinjo, who was the mascot of my now defunct website. I managed to get this pic done super quick, but even so, I missed Ami-chan’s birthday by a few minutes (it’s past midnight here now, so technically it’s already November 8). But I’m sure Ami-chan doesn’t mind. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊

Happy Birthday Marion Michael!

Today would have been the 79th birthday of the late German actress Marion Michael. She is perhaps best known for the role of Liane, a quintessential jungle girl, which she played in two fifties’ films, called Liane, Jungle Goddess and Nature Girl and the Slaver (Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald and Liane, die weiße Sklavin respectively in German). This picture is a reimagining of Liane, Jungle Goddess as a Japanese comic (in Japanese, the title for this film is simply Naked Woman of the Jungle).

Liane, Jungle Goddess is readily available on the internet in English and I suggest you search it out if you are a fan of classic pulp fiction about jungle girls. I found it quite entertaining and Marion Michael is absolutely stunning in it, no matter what state of dress she happens to be in.😋 Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊